How many Refusals are there in the first act?

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There are usually at least two refusals in the first act - refusal to leave the Ordinary World and refusal to enter the First Threshold.

Refusal has many forms - reluctance, containment, refusal from other archetypes, inability to leave until/unless something is achieved or broken away from etc.

Arguably, the first act is an exercise in refusal - at root, it is all about the refusal to change.

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